The situation outside our eastern borders torpedoed the first sporting events. Fearing military action in the region, the British Basketball Association announced that its national team would not travel to Belarus for the World Cup qualification meet.
The decision was made at an extraordinary meeting of the British Basketball Association, which was held due to the tense situation and the growing Ukrainian-Russian conflict. Activists decided the risk was too great and that’s why basketball players from Great Britain would not travel to Minsk for the World Cup qualifier meeting with Belarus, which is scheduled for February 25.
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The decision was not consulted with the International Basketball Federation, but the Britons hope that the International Basketball Federation will agree with their decision and that the match will be played at a different location on the new date. However, the rematch date for both teams will not be changed. On February 28, the British will host the Belarusians in Newcastle.
The situation in Ukraine also complicates the schedule of the country’s basketball team. Our eastern neighbors were due to face Spain in the next qualifying match, but a few days before the match with the current world champion, they requested that it be postponed to the summer representation window. The Ukrainians want to play this duel in the safest conditions, and they do not want to lose their court advantage.
According to the plan, the qualifying matches for the Polish national team will be held. The Polish national team is waiting for a draw with Estonia. The first match will take place on February 25 away from home, and in three days there will be a second match in our country.
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